Prisoner 57

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Wesley Snipes was sentenced today to a whopping three years in prison for tax evasion. We guess those character-building testimonials he submitted from Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson and Judge Joe Brown didn't carry so much weight. (Whose idea was it to get the pothead to keep him out of jail?) Neither did Snipes' defense for not paying taxes from 1999 - 2004: He didn't file returns because he "was personally not subject to taxation because he was a 'stateless person' or 'nonresident alien,'" or a 'nontaxpayer.' [ABC News]

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@alexela: If you (a) give up your US citizenship, (b) move abroad, and (c) don't make any money in the US, then you don't have to pay US taxes. The problem for old Wesley is that none of these things were true.